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CC California

KelsenKelsen Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
edited April 2012 in Community Colleges
Hi guys,

I'd wanted to ask you a little bit, what do you think about my situation, getting accepted in a CC in California. Im an International Student from Austria, and I'd like to apply to some good CC in the CA area like SMC, SB, De Anza or Mt. San Antonio as a transfer degree student.

There are only a few problems:

My so-called Matura grades are not very good, they are like average, because I did a lot of volunteer work and extra-curricular activities and wasted a little bit of my time.
Now I discovered a new opportunity of getting my dream come true: applying at CC to study in the US. My longer-term plan would be to transfer to a well-known USC or even better UC university (like UCLA). After that I want to go to law school or make my master degree at a Ivy league university (or top 20/30 uni).
I know I have to work hard - even harder than ever before - to get good grades, but it is my will.

Extra-Curricular activities/volunteering:

- school representative, 1year
- representative of vienna's students (area representative), 1year
- made the vienna's students newspaper
- founder & head of the school's own school newspaper, 1year
- active in a students right group, 3 years
- journalist at the students corner of a nation-wide newspaper (DerStandard - they also have a coop. with NYT in the US)
- completed a 6 months training as a leadership & communication consultant
- i held several seminars for students in communications, leadership, motivation skills, team-building etc.

other activities:

- completed the FCE exam
- two weeks volunteering programm in a asylum for the blind
- two weeks spent in France, Antibes, completed the programm with A2+, highest grade you can get
- played two years in a basketball team
- i play a little bit of piano & guitar
- i speak german, turkish (first language); english (fluently); french (good basic skills); italian (basic skills)

Now I'm arranging my portfolio including:

- TOEFL, grades from high school (Matura/abitur)
- essay
- etc.

What do you think? Is it worth applying at CC? Would they take me with the right TOEFL degree?

I would be grateful for any information!
Thanks a lot!!!
Post edited by Kelsen on

Replies to: CC California

  • Cyse00Cyse00 Registered User Posts: 146 Junior Member
    I don't think you need to apply to a community college, just register. Good luck
  • KelsenKelsen Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    You mean, I could just sign in and that the schools don't select?

    What do you think about my chances at a 4-year school?

    Thank you!!!
  • alwaysleahalwaysleah Registered User Posts: 2,737 Senior Member
    Just call a CC in the location of your choice and ask them how an international student would register. You don't have to apply.

    Some California CCs I would recommend:

    Butte College-Chico, CA.
    It's sort of a party school if you care. It's not a beach school or anything. It's by CSU Chico way up near the top of Cali

    Cuesta--SLO, CA.
    beach, right by a top rated CSU, Cal Poly SLO)

    Santa Barbara City-- Santa Barbara, CA.
    beach, right by UCSB.

    These three all have residential dorms for the CC students, all are in college towns, and all will give you a "college experience."

    You could transfer fairly easily from any of these schools to UCLA or UCB if you get a really good GPA and have ECs, which of course is somewhat difficult to do, depending on your study habits.

    I can't chance you for a 4 year university because I don't know your grades or how your education system works, but I'm sure you could get into some good ones based on your ECs.
  • KelsenKelsen Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    Actually Im looking for a cc where the academic standards are very high and where the people know the time, when the time is to study and when the time is to chill out. I am a type of student, who needs discussion and student participation in class, to get motivated.

    Im still not sure if I should enroll in SBCC or SMC.
  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap Registered User Posts: 11,788 Senior Member
    You DO need to apply to CCC's, but it only takes minutes. I believe the application process is a little different for international students.


    International students on a visa
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